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The Oil Factor: The loudest voice in Sudan’s referendum

(FinalCall.com) - Sudan's upcoming January 2011 referendum that will decide whether Southern Sudan secedes and forms a separate nation state seems plagued with the same confusion of tongues bestowed upon the Babylonians in the book of Genesis. The referendum is part of an internationally brokered 2005 peace accord between the North and South that ended 20 years of a...

Is scholar linked to Sudanese rebel group?

(FinalCall.com) - Looking into the reasons for Dr. Hassan Al-Turabi's most recent arrest, his fifth since his falling out with President Omar Al-Bashir, analysis as always comes from different quarters: Political science professor at Al Neilein University Hassan Al-Sa'ori believes the detention is somehow connected to Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) leader Khalil Ibrahim's “failure to distort the...

Sudanese leader offers insight on politics, oil and Farrakhan

(FinalCall.com) - Prior to his recent arrest, The Final Call interviewed Dr. Hassan Al-Turabi, a Sudanese political leader, and discovered this constitutional scholar and Islamist, a former friend of President Omar Bashir and former House speaker in Sudan willing to openly and frankly speak his mind, not caring about possible consequences. As secretary general of the Popular Congress Party,...

Sudan election a good first step

-Contributing Writer- KHARTOUM, Sudan (FinalCall.com) - During two press conferences the recurring theme of European Union and Carter Center observers was, recently concluded Sudan elections “were not up to international standards”– but were a good first step for Africa's largest country. Meanwhile African Union chief Jean Ping hailed Sudan April 17 for “peacefully conducted” elections as Khartoum kicked off vote-counting...

‘Kill the Boer’ and the death of White-Supremacist Eugene Terre’Blanche

(FinalCall.com) - Controversy over Julius Malema, the African National Congress Youth League leader, and the recent killing of the White supremacist African Resistance Movement creator Eugene Terre'Blanche may be the spark that ignites dissatisfaction over the limited gains received by Blacks in post apartheid South Africa. First Terre'Blanche was a White racist Afrikaner whose viciousness and brutality in the...

Sudan kicks off and extends elections

KHARTOUM, Sudan (FinalCall.com) - The first multiparty elections in over two decades in Africa's largest country will go ahead as planned despite the withdrawal of several opposition parties citing campaign irregularities. Presidential and legislative elections kicked off nationwide here as more than 16 million voters were scheduled to go to 120 voting centers across this vast nation and choose the...

African National Congress and internal squabbles

(FinalCall.com) - An interesting development in post apartheid South Africa is current African National Congress internal political squabbling, including Youth League leader Julius Malema, and questions about whether discussion of the infighting creates a cover for more serious economic issues. It has also been charged that the “family squabble” may have lessened ANC credibility and party leaders have been...

Scarce water the root cause of Darfur conflict?

If one looks to the Council on Foreign Relations to define the tragedy that has been Darfur you initially get: “Farmers and Arabic nomads have long competed for limited resources in western Sudan's Darfur region, particularly following a prolonged drought in 1983.” Taking a closer look at this position suggests, “the crises in Darfur stems in part from disputes...

Serious questions about politics in Sudan and North Africa

Seccession or Destabilization? President Obama's recently released Sudan strategy that tries to be all things to all people gives America and her interest groups needed instant gratification, but fails in addressing instability that a divided Sudan would engender and the possible destabilization of an entire region. Is this the process towards peace that Obama is trying to use to justify...

Africom: President Obama’s Bush inheritance, challenge

(FinalCall.com) - Among the many things the Obama administration has inherited from Bush II is an unwieldy colonialist-lite intervention mechanism, masquerading protectionist-likeand called Africom. The fact that the Noble Peace Prize winner known for his candor and willingness to discuss complex issues has rarely, if ever, mentioned this behemoth is telling. According to the four part series “Africom or...